With 20+ years of 'Left-Field Madness' experiences shared by hundreds of contractors from across the US, the information here is extensive and unique!
And those aren't even the 'difficult' scenarios!
If you think chaos can't and won't happen to you then you need to learn very quickly that...
Maybe you won't experience the above scenarios exactly but there are a million and one situations (and then some) that can, and do, go wrong in construction.
If you run your business as if it's sunshine around every corner then I guarantee that you *will* be hit between the eyes with at least one shocking experience.
With *absolutely zero* offense intended, a contractor doesn't have a clue as to what might be waiting for him around the corner.
How could s/he? It's impossible to know what might be waiting around the corner because contracting is not perfect and it's most definitely not predictable.
You must run your business as if bad things *are* going to happen so that you can be prepared *if* they happen.
When the S does inevitably HTF you'll be better prepared than the majority of the contractors out there.
Now that doesn't mean to *treat* your customers as if they're going to rip you off. Always *always* treat your customers like GOLD.
But at the same time you need to be prepared for the slugs. That means that you must protect yourself even when all looks rosy.
Don't shrug off processing a document simply because you trust your customer. What if your trusted customer dies and you're suddenly dealing with some legal corporation? I guarantee you the people in that corporation are going to look for every way possible to hang on to as much of the owner's money and property as possible.
With that level of legal professional involved there's no doubt that incorrect or lacking paperwork will translate to no payment.
Don't skip a proposal/contract just because your customer is a relative or a friend. So often those are the types of arrangements that go south - and you're left holding the bag because you trusted.
Don't blow off getting a lien waiver/release form for a payment you made just because you golf with the guy on the weekends. He may have a (nefarious) 'silent' partner...
Dealt with on a regular basis and ** N.O.T. F.U.N. **
Owning a construction business means that life is no longer as simple as showing up at the office on Friday afternoon to grab your paycheck before sailing into the weekend.
Although there’s so much more involved than when you're an employee collecting a paycheck, life *can* be grand as a construction contractor - you just need an industry insider who will keep you alert to the many gotchas there are.
We all know that the paperwork in construction is horrendous but even as bad as it is it's still bearable.
add in a few of those "out of left field" incidents and, depending on
how far out in left field they came from, you may be out of business in a
heartbeat - but if you let your construction industry-insider help deflect those gotchas you've got a much better chance of keeping your business healthy.
It's my 'been there done that' that allows me to know instinctively how to help you.
I was alone with absolutely *zero* experience in the construction world, I couldn't afford an attorney, I
relied on my supplier *heavily* to help me to learn the ins and outs,
and when legal issues came up (such as questionable clauses in contracts) I just
researched as much as I could.
I always told myself that I'd
find some way to pay it forward, the fact that my suppliers were so
incredibly helpful to me. In keeping with that goal and my effort to
bring you the best of the best to help you to avoid the worst of the
worst I invite you to...
Since 1996, the time that I started providing support to contractors I've helped many of the newer and smaller contractors to deal with a myriad of issues.
As the laws for the industry become more and more complicated (how is that even possible?) the larger construction companies/corporations are now also coming to me for answers, information, forms, etc.Access to industry experts is becoming ever more important - in fact it's absolutely vital to the success of your business.
No one person or company can prepare you for the many things that can go wrong when it comes to operating your construction business.
Even with as many scrapes as I've been through myself I'm still shocked at many of the experiences that contractors share with me.
With all of this in mind I approached the above industry experts and all agreed to help you with any questions you might have. They contribute articles and they all have their own websites that you can visit as well.
Until I have individual question/answer boxes for each of them please feel free to email your questions to me and I'll forward them to the expert you'd like to ask and then I'll send the answer to you as soon as it's ready - no charge.
Of the many negative experiences we suffered through, there was one that was so devastating that we lost almost everything. We were contracted with a general contractor known as a sub-buster and he definitely was/is.
I was so pi**ed off, and so terribly depressed, over that and everything else we'd been through that I decided that I didn't want to be a contractor any longer - I decided to help contractors instead with all the sh*t they have to deal with.
So here I am whenever you have any questions or need anything. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me. :o)
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